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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
1125 PM EST SAT MAR 3 2012

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR KERMIT IN MINGO COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...KERMIT IN MINGO COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
DATE...MARCH 02 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...745 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...125 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...250 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...37.49N / 82.23W
ENDING LAT/LON...37.50N / 82.22W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON WV HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR KERMIT IN MINGO COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON MARCH 2 2012.

A STORM SURVEY WAS PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THIS
MORNING TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE PRODUCED BY A TORNADIC SUPERCELL
NEAR KERMIT IN MINGO COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA.

A CONFIRMED TORNADO COMING OUT OF MARTIN COUNTY KENTUCKY CROSSED
OVER THE TUG FORK RIVER AND LIFTED JUST AS IT ENTERED WEST
VIRGINIA. THE ESTIMATED PATH OF THE TORNADO AS IT MOVED OUT OF
KENTUCKY WAS 250 YARDS.

AS THE FUNNEL QUICKLY MOVED EAST...IT FIRST TOUCHED DOWN A
QUARTER OF A MILE INTO ITS TRACK ON A RIDGELINE JUST SOUTH OF THE
TOWN OF KERMIT. SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN ON THE SOUTHWESTERN
FACING SLOPE OF THE RIDGE. ALSO NOTED ALONG THIS RIDGE WAS
SCATTERED DEBRIS CARRIED OVER THE RIVER FROM THE TOWN OF LOVELY
IN MARTIN COUNTY KENTUCKY. AFTER CONTACT WITH THE RIDGE...THE
TORNADO LIFTED BACK UP AND TRAVELED EAST RIDING JUST ABOVE THE
RIDGELINE.

FINALLY...AS THE FUNNEL CONTINUED TO LIFT IT CAME IN
CONTACT WITH A RAILROAD COMMUNICATION TOWER. THE ELEVATION OF THE
RIDGE THE TOWER WAS POSITIONED ON WAS ESTIMATED AT 1380 FEET...AND
THE TOWER STOOD AN ADDITIONAL 280 FEET. THIS FREE STANDING TOWER
WAS FULLY COLLAPSED OVER THE BACK SIDE OF THE RIDGE. TREES AROUND
THE TOWER APPEARED TO BE LARGELY UNSCATHED. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT
A PORTION OF THE REMAINING TORNADO DESTROYED THE TOWER BEFORE
COMPLETELY LIFTING UP AND DISSIPATING. EF2 DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED
TO THE TOWER WITH WINDS APPROXIMATELY 125 MPH.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.




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